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Afghanistan Hosts First American Jazz Concerts in Decades

For six days last month, from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3, Afghanistan hosted the first jazz concerts by American artist since the early 1970s and the first performances of American music since the fall of the Taliban government in 2001.

Hosted by American Voices, the performances were captured on “Jazz Bridges Afghanistan,” a series of concerts, DVD and CD recordings and documentary filming in Kabul, Afghanistan. The performance series featured performances by American Voices’ Executive Director and pianist John Ferguson, the Mike Del Ferro Jazz Trio (pictured) and vocalist Coco York, along with two groups of traditional Afghan musicians playing the tabla, dilruba, rhubab and harmonium, and pop musicians. Three concerts from the series will be broadcast on national television in January.

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